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Alinaghi Ghasemiannejad - Iranian Shiite Muslim Near-Death Experiences: Features and Aftereffects with Case Narratives

During nearly four decades of research on near-death experiences (NDEs), Iranian Shiite NDEs have been infrequently reported. Though an early researcher concluded that Muslim NDEs appeared to be rare, later authors concluded they may be common and that their key features may not be very different from those of Western NDEs. The purpose of this study was to further explore NDEs among Iranians, specifically Shiite Muslims. In this study, 33 participants who had survived a close brush with death completed online a demographic questionnaire and a Persian translation of the NDE Scale (Greyson, 1983). Of these participants, 20 (61%) scored 7 or higher on the Persian NDE Scale, indicating the presence of an NDE. Eight prominent features of Western NDEs were present in our participants’ NDEs, and, like Western NDErs, our participants often reported profoundly positive changes in attitudes, values, and spiritual beliefs following their NDEs. Our results showed that NDEs are not rare among Shiite Muslims and may not be particularly different in their main elements from typical Western NDEs.

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